Over the weekend, the water conditions were good, and the river was busy. Good fishermen who knew the water did pretty well–others, not so much. There was rain and wind overnight and today, not a pleasant day to be out. The river is a little off below the Lemhi at mid-day, temperature 41 degrees.
Today a friend was out for most of the day with a fly rod, hooked four steelhead and landed two of them. Water clarity isn’t perfect, but improving. Visibility was about 20 inches at the end of the day, when the valley melt had peaked. A ways upstream from Salmon, clarity is better. River temperature […]
The Salmon River near Salmon is beginning to clear. At mid-day today visibility above Salmon , above the Lemhi River, was 18 or 20 inches. Downstream below the Lemhi it was about a foot. Temperature was 39 degrees. Morning air temperature was low 20s, so melt slowed. One of my steelhead guides was out this […]
River conditions in the Salmon area are improving a little. Downstream of Salmon, below the Lemhi River, it still isn’t good. I could just barely, sort of, make out a rock at 10 inches at mid-day today. Upstream of Salmon, visibility was 15 inches, looked like it was pretty close to fishable. Temperature was 42 […]
This morning the Salmon River near Salmon was 40 degrees. A bright pop can disappeared at 9 inches of depth.
The Salmon River near Salmon had about 6 inches visibility at mid-morning, river temperature about 37 degrees. Sky is clear, so by late afternoon river temperature will probably exceed 40 degrees. Air temperature this morning was mid-20s, so overnight runoff was stopped, but as the day warms, snowmelt will resume. The river would take a […]
This morning the Deadwater ice jam downstream from North Fork went out. The river is 38 degrees at mid-day, visibility 10-12 inches max downstream from the Lemhi. Lots of low snow to melt yet.
Ice has been removed from the Bobcat Gulch and North Fork ramp. The 4th July take-out is not a developed ramp, and does not get cleaned, but a person could drag a boat out there with a long rope and then load it. So–the river is ice-free and available down to North Fork. The ice […]
The Fish and Game Department has cleared the ice from the Red Bluff boat ramp north of Salmon. The river was free of floating ice, which surprised me a little, as it was only 15 degrees in late afternoon, snowing all day. A boat was pulling off the river at Red Bluff when I checked […]